Dr Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting.
Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker and currently serves as an EPSRC public engagement fellow. Hannah delivers fascinating talks across the country successfully motivating interest in maths among her audience and has inspired younger generations into celebrating women in mathematics. Hannah is a popular speaker at Cheltenham Science Festival and New Scientist Live and has delivered talks for such audiences at Google, Facebook, DataIQ and IAB. She is also a popular speaker with TED with her talks ‘Is life really that complex?’ and ‘The mathematics of love’ having gained over 2 million views. In addition to heightening interest in her subject she has also enthused girls about following careers in STEM. Hannah’s diverse and universal subject matter has earned her recognition on an international stage and demand for her talks has seen Hannah address audiences in such countries as China, France, USA, Singapore, Germany and Australia.
Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries that explore contemporary social issues through a mathematical lens including ‘The Joy of Data’ (BBC 4), ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC2), ‘Horizon: How to Find Love Online’ (BBC2) ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4) and Climate Change by Numbers (BBC4) Hannah has also taken her mathematical expertise to radio with such acclaimed programmes as ‘Music By Numbers (BBC Radio 1Xtra), ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry’ and ‘Computing Britain’ (BBC Radio4)Along with her regular TV and radio appearances Hannah also co-presents the BBC worldwide YouTube channel BritLabs (formerly Headsqueeze) and regularly features on the YouTube channel Numberphile which has over one million subscribers.
November 2016 saw the publication of Hannah’s book ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld) which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015) in which Hannah brings together mathematical equations to provide answers to such questions as: What’s the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call?
You can find her on twitter: @fryrsquared
Hannah is represented by Sue Rider Management